In the Herald last night:
Key differences between Nicola Sturgeon’s and Boris Johnson’s administrations during the pandemic has contributed to more trust in Covid guidelines in Scotland than in England, according to an expert adviser. Professor Linda Bauld of Edinburgh University said consistency in messaging from the Scottish Government has meant increased confidence.
Professor Bauld has been saying this kind of thing for some time now but always holds back from stating the obvious – If consistent messaging led to more trust then that will have led in turn to more compliance with lockdown measures and then too fewer infections and, inevitably, fewer deaths.
For some reason she won’t go there even though her blurb suggests that she will outline ‘how effective public messaging had been during the pandemic.
Effective? That means more than just greater trust in the messaging but actions as a result of that great trust.
The evidence of greater compliance is clear in UK Government statistics updated every day:
The death rate in England has been 42% higher. Had the Johnson government managed Scotland’s pandemic control measures, 3 000 more would have died.